Tempe, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyler Gaffney found the end zone three times
and Ty Montgomery twice as No. 7 Stanford won its second straight Pac-12 title
with a convincing 38-14 win over No. 11 Arizona State.
Gaffney carried the ball 22 times for 133 yards while Montgomery had a rushing
and receiving touchdown for the Cardinal (11-2), who won their final three
games of the season after losing to USC.
"We stayed aggressive. We stayed aggressive the whole time," said Stanford
head coach David Shaw. "That's what I love about being in the Pac-12. You have
to respect, two really good teams playing a physical, tough game.
Kevin Hogan went 12-of-18 for 277 yards and a score as Stanford will be
making its 14th appearance in the Rose Bowl On New Year's Day.
"This is unbelievable," said Gaffney. "I talked to them [fellow teammates] and
they told me how it felt to be out here and actually experience it, you can't
Stanford's opponent will by Michigan State, which defeated Ohio State in the
Big Ten championship on Saturday.
Taylor Kelly was 17-of-25 for 173 yards and a score while D.J. Foster had a
rushing touchdown and finished with 62 yards on eight carries for the Sun
Devils (10-3), who were looking for their first conference championship
since sharing it in 2007 with USC.
Each team had a quick score to start the game, as Gaffney took a handoff on
the second snap and went down the left sideline for a 69-yard score just over
a minute in.
Arizona State countered on its ensuing touch, as Foster took a handoff up the
middle and raced to the end zone on a 51-yard score to tie the game just over
three minutes in.
The Cardinal came back with another scoring drive, this one covering 60 yards
in eight plays and finished off on a 1-yard run from Gaffney into the end zone
for a 14-7 advantage.
The Sun Devils crossed midfield on their next drive, but had to punt and the
Cardinal got the ball back at their own 11.
A 42-yard catch from Devon Cajuste got the ball across midfield, and the team
scored when Hogan faked a handoff up the middle before giving the ball to
Montgomery, who came from the right before taking the ball to the left on a
22-yard score and a 21-7 lead on the first play of the second quarter.
After a three-and-out from the Sun Devils, a short punt saw Stanford get the
ball back at the Arizona State 37, leading to a 1-yard score from Gaffney and
a 28-7 lead.
The Sun Devils later cut into their deficit, as a short pass to the right saw
Foster catch the ball and follow his blockers on a 65-yard score and a 28-14
game with 3:52 left in the first half.
Starting the second half with the ball, Arizona State got into scoring
position and lined up for a 31-yard field goal attempt, but Zane Gonzalez
missed it to the right and Stanford took advantage with a 30-yard field goal
from Jordan Williamson for a 31-14 lead with 6:12 to play.
The Sun Devils then put together a huge drive, covering 74 yards and 17 plays.
The team faced a 1st-and-goal at the 9, but Deantre Lewis was thrown for a 3-
yard loss on a carry. After an 11-yard catch down to the 1 by Kevin Ozier,
Michael Eubank and De'Marieya Nelson were stopped at the line and Stanford got
the ball back.
On 3rd-and-6 at their own 5, the Cardinal got a 78-yard catch-and-run from
Cajuste, setting up a 24-yard touchdown catch to put the game away with
just over 12 minutes to play.
Stanford totaled 517 yards and controlled the ball for nearly 34 minutes,
while Arizona State managed just 311 yards ... Stanford defeated Wisconsin,
20-14, in last year's Rose Bowl ... Stanford has won the last four games
against Arizona State ... Montgomery finished the game with five catches fro
69 yards, and Foster had four grabs for 80 yards.
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